Amazon announces Manchester City documentary series
VOD News | On 09, Nov 2017
Amazon and Manchester City are pairing up for a new documentary series following the Premier League football.
The Amazon Original series will offer fans a glimpse into the historic Club, its legendary coach, Pep Guardiola, and the week-on-week stories that unfold within the lives of the players currently sitting top of the English Premier League table. Guardiola was one of the best players and coaches of his generation having won three Champions League titles during his time at FC Barcelona. He joined Manchester City in 2016 coaching stars such as Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne.
The multi-part exclusive series will follow him and the team through the current 2017/18 season, in a deal that follows months of heated competition between Netflix and Amazon to nab the rights to a behind-the-scenes football programme. It also joins other sporting content on Amazon Prime Video, from American football documentary All or Nothing to NFL live-streams on Thursday nights and the Next Gen ATP tennis finals.
“This new Amazon Prime Original series will give Prime members extraordinary insight into Manchester City, the top English Premier League Football team and one of the most exciting and respected teams globally,” says Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “The story behind the coaches and players is fascinating and we are very excited to work with the Manchester City team to deliver an exclusive all access experience to our Prime members.”
Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City, adds: “We are delighted to begin this strategic relationship with Amazon, one of the world’s leading companies. Amazon Prime Video is the perfect home for a ground-breaking project that will offer a unique and authentic inside view into Manchester City’s season like never before. This is an extremely exciting time for Manchester City and through Amazon’s world-class service, we will be able to share it with football fans all over the world.”
The series will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2018.
Netflix and Amazon eyeing up Premier League series
18th September 2017
Netflix and Amazon are both looking to get into the Premier League TV game – but not in the way you think.
Football has long been the domain of Sky, with BT TV duking it out with the pay-TV giant for the rights to broadcast games. Amazon has started to snap up sporting rights too, recently nabbing the APT tennis tour from Sky for exclusive streaming. Netflix, though, isn’t looking to target live sports: the new battleground is off the pitch and behind-the-scenes, as both streaming players jostle to make Premier League documentaries.
The Daily Mail reports that both subscription services have approached top flight clubs, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, to negotiate making all-access series profiling the clubs. The projects would likely concentrate on pre-season preparations, rather than seasons themselves, as current TV rights deals would make any filming during matches very problematic.
It’s par for the course for the streaming world, with both Amazon and Netflix enjoying success with similar formats for American Football: Amazon’s All or Nothing and Netflix’s Last Chance U have both won big fans, awards and second seasons.
In the UK, such fly-on-the-wall series have happened before, with the BBC recently broadcasting Class of 92, which follows ex-Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes buy a club several tiers down from the Premier League. BBC Three, meanwhile, was all set to make an all-access series profiling Watford last year, although the project (pictured above) never came to fruition. Liverpool, meanwhile, were the subject of a behind-the-scenes show produced by Channel 5 and Fox Soccer back in 2012.
All we know for certain so far is that Manchester United are unlikely to be teaming up with either streaming service, telling the newspaper this week that if they were to produce such a programme, it would be made in-house. With a growing number of TV broadcasters breaking out to launch their own standalone OTT services, could the future see all the major Premier League teams have their own subscription packages for all-access streaming?